New direction: Schreiber leaves Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce

January, 2017 Posted in Community
Kelly Schreiber

Kelly Schreiber

The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce is saying good-bye President/CEO Kelly Schreiber. She has resigned to take a position with Work Source Oregon, the state’s public workforce system.

“Making the decision to leave my position with the Chamber is bittersweet,” Schreiber said.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with so many Chamber members over the years, and I am deeply grateful for those relationships. I have been fortunate for the past nine years to be involved in improving our local economic vitality and community livability. I will be taking those skills I’ve acquired with me to my new position as a Business Services Consultant with Work Source Oregon.”

“Kelly has brought a passion for relationships and community vitality to our local area, and she has been an advocate for the success of our area businesses,” Alisha Oliver, 2016 chairman for the Stayton Sublimity Chamber Board, said. “The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce has a bright future, thanks to the leadership Kelly has provided throughout the years.”

In 2016 the chamber membership grew by nearly 10 percent. 

“Kelly took over this position at a very difficult time, with a recession, housing crunch, business pulling back, etc.,” board member Dave Valencia said. “She has done a remarkable job and will be sorely missed. I know she will do well at her new position, and they are lucky to have her.”

“This position requires wearing many hats: business advocacy, community involvement and support, collaboration with local government and community leaders, operations management – finances, HR, marketing, legal compliance, etc. – and awareness of the ever-changing legislative impacts to economic vitality and community livability.  Kelly has done well balancing these competing and complex priorities,” Skip Neill, board chair-elect said. 

The chamber board is now recruiting for Schreiber’s replacement. It hopes to name a new president/CEO by April. In the meantime it has appointed Chamber Membership and

Carmélle Bielenberg

Carmélle Bielenberg

Communications Coordinator Carmélle Bielenberg as  Interim President/CEO effective.

“We are confident that Carmélle will effectively fulfill the duties of chamber leadership, during this time of transition,” said Tass Morrison, Immediate Past Chairman of the board.

The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is a 501(c)6 private organization that seeks to be the driving force, igniting passion for business success, and providing residents and tourists with information and opportunities that enhance community prosperity.

The Chamber provides programs including network building events, on-going training and business resources, and the annual Santiam SummerFest.

It is a leader in community advocacy for local businesses and collaboration with other organizations. One current major project is the preparation for the influx of visitors for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse this August.

Those interested in inquiring about the position may contact Oliver at 503-769-3489, ext. 1008, or email

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